Gerard A. Finin

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Research Program
Former Director, Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP)
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PhD, urban and regional planning and Southeast Asian studies, Cornell University
Area of Expertise: 

Globalization and sustainable development in the Pacific islands; Policy analysis; Development planning


Gerard "Jerry" Finin is the former Director of East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program. As a current Adjunct Senior Fellow with the East-West Center's Research Program, Dr. Finin continues to conduct research on contemporary social and economic issues in the Pacific islands region, with ongoing projects focusing on governance and globalization. Finin is also engaged in research and teaching related to the Philippines, particularly northern Luzon. His areas of interest include public policy, social change, development, and urbanization. Finin received his PhD from Cornell University.

Related Publications: One Year into Fiji's Fourth Coup; Artifacts and Afterthoughts of American Colonial Policy: 'Igorotism,' Rebellion, and Regional Autonomy in the Philippines' Gran Cordillera; Salaam Manoa, Aloha Mindanao: Creating a Student-Centered, Real Time Virtual Classroom; The Making of the Igorot: Contours of Cordillera Consciousness; Coups, Conflicts, and Crises: The New Pacific Way?; Gambling on a Gambler: High Stakes for the Philippine Presidency and Small is Viable: The Global Ebbs and Flows of a Pacific Atoll Nation.